Things I noticed before 8 am this morning
I also noticed that by 7 am, the streets were spotless in the Center Grove. I've never seen this before, but this street sweeper was out and about all morning and the crew at CocoWalk has that place looking spotless, as well. Makes you wonder what all the pre-Halloween jitters are about. Early today a friend sent me a photo of the paddy wagons and such that are lying in wait at the Seminole Boat Ramp area each year. He was overwhelmed by the site. I told him it has been like that for years. I guess the city does not believe in The Secret; they are putting this out into The Universe and it could have the opposite effect one year.
I was out at the gym before 7 am; it's nice then, only about four people in the place. I wore a Bed Race t-shirt, so when I left, someone on the street stopped and asked me about the Bed Race, they asked why the King Mango Strut can afford the city services and yet the Bed Race cannot. The Strut closes down all of the Center Grove, the Bed Race does not. Is the City being unfair to the Bed Race or is it something else? I would hate to lose this event to Coral Gables or South Miami.
People still think Greenstreet is Green Street, you know, a street, not a restaurant. I had a guy in front of CocoWalk this morning ask me where it was, I could tell he was looking for a street; when I told him it was a restaurant, he was flabbergasted. I remember that happening years ago, guess it still does.
Two people this morning, strangers to me, were reading the Grapevine on their computers when I came upon them, one at the Bookstore and one at Starbucks. They approached me to tell me. This used to happen very often years ago, I still find it very freaky - "Hey Tom, I'm reading you right now!"
Speaking of Starbucks, I notice they are cheaper than Panther Coffee; I had assumed they were the same but I noticed this morning that my double macchiato is cheaper at Starbucks. And less attitude comes with it. I have a friend who goes all the way down to the Starbucks at the Deering Estate area on Old Cutler Road, he says he likes to get coffee and sit by the water, he lives around here, so I don't know why he does that since you can do that at the Starbucks next to Monty's; especially weekend mornings. It's so peaceful and pretty early in the morning and it's right on the water where you can sit and enjoy the quiet and your coffee.
I get the Grilled Veggie Wrap for breakfast at The Bookstore all the time. I love it. It's just what it sounds like, with a little olive oil. Ask for it without the lettuce. They've taken to adding lettuce lately and that ruins the whole thing.
And the Moron of the Day award goes to the Mayfair Hotel, who had their staff leaf blowing at 7:15 this morning, making more noise than should be allowed. The people on Florida Avenue and Virginia Street could kiss away their extra hour of sleep today; not to mention all the disgruntled hotel guests. Not sure what leaves they were blowing away as the city killed the big grand trees that used to be in front of the hotel.
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